Beaufort High goes into modified lockdown Tuesday morning

sbowman@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 14, 2014 


Beaufort High School was placed on a modified lockdown for about 25 minutes Tuesday after a wanted man ran from a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputy toward the school, according to district officials.

The lockdown began at about 11:30 a.m.

A deputy with the civil division was called to 11 Carolyn Drive just after 11 a.m. after the department learned a wanted man was there, according to Sgt. Robin McIntosh. Quinton Middleton has two outstanding warrants, one for financial-transaction card theft and one for financial-transaction card fraud, she said.

McIntosh said Middleton came out and spoke with the deputy, but then ran after being told he was under arrest.

The Sheriff's Office contacted the school resource officer when Middleton headed toward the school.

During a modified lockdown, classes continue but security is heightened, according to Beaufort County School District spokesman Jim Foster.

Surveillance video from the school showed that Middleton ran through the campus near the bus parking lot, according to McIntosh. Beaufort Police officers searched the area but did not find him, she added.

Middleton still has not been arrested, McIntosh said Tuesday, and the Sheriff's Office will add another warrant for fleeing to evade arrest.

Foster said there was no additional security at the school during afternoon dismissal.

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